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Antwerp is a charming city boasting many excellent museums and historical monuments, as well as a fast-paced nightlife, fine shopping districts, and a booming commercial center. Visitors are surrounded by magnificent museums, buildings, and monuments.

Foreign students will appreciate the city's central location in Europe. Brussels, Belgium's capital, now commonly called 'the Capital of Europe,' is only a thirty-minute train ride away. From Antwerp one can quickly and easily reach Amsterdam (2 hrs.), Luxembourg (3 hrs.), Paris (2 hrs.), and London (3 1/2 hrs. by train, 45 min. by plane).

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15.

All departments: no limit
except Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences: limited to 4 semesters/year

Contact person for incoming students

Herlinde Van de Maele
University of Antwerp
International Office
Gratiekapelstraat 10,
BE-2000 Antwerpen – Belgium
T +32 3 265 49 61 – F +32 3 265 41 42

Contact person for outgoing students

Jill Aerts
University of Antwerp
International Office
Gratiekapelstraat 10,
BE-2000 Antwerpen – Belgium
T +32 3 265 46 32 – F +32 3 265 41 42

General University Website

International Office/Website for Incoming Students

-> information for international exchange students

Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students

All bachelor programmes are open to MAUI exchange students, provided that they meet the prerequisites for each course.

A online course catalogue is available at


Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

see overview courses in English :

Are graduate areas open for exchange?

X  Yes

¨  No

Areas of study open to graduate exchange students

All (initial) masters are open to MAUI exchange students, provided that they meet the prerequisites for each course.

A online course catalogue is available at


Specific requirements apply for most advanced master’s programs. When in doubt, check with the international academic coordinator.

Open graduate areas of study taught in English

see overview courses in English :

Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses?

Yes, after examination of study records and approval of the department involved

Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses?


Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties


Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students

Specific requirements apply for most advanced master’s programs. When in doubt, check with the international academic coordinator.

Websites for course offerings

Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?


In July and September UA’slanguage centre ‘LINGUAPOLIS’organises 1-month immersion courses in Dutch, English, French and Spanish. Conversation training in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian is offered in early July for students with a basic knowledge of the language (15 hours).
More information:

In June-July-August international summer schools take place in the Antwerp

Orientation session(s) for incoming students

Before the start of each semester Orientation Days are organised to welcome international students. Attendance is required.
- 17-18 September 2015: Orientation Days + start Ice-breaking week
incoming students

- 4-5 February 2016: Orientation Days + start Ice-breaking week
No costs involved

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided in 2 semesters. Each semester comprises 13 weeks of lecturing concluded by a 4-week examination period. International students are requested to arrive a few days in advance in order to arrange for their accommodation and to handle all formalities (application residence permit, certificate of arrival,…) it is compulsory that students attend the Orientation Days which are held before the start of each semester.

Autumn semester 2015-2016
Orientation Days: 17-18 September 2015
Beginning of term: 21 September 2014
End of term: 29 January 2016
Exam Period: 4-29 January 2016
Christmas break : 21 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
Announcement of exam results: before 12 February 2016

Spring Semester 2015-2016:
Orientation days: 4-5 February 2016
Beginning of term: 8 February 2016
End of term: 8 February 2016
Exam period: 24 May – 26 June 2016
Easter break: 5 – 18 April 2016
Announcement of exam results: 30 June – 1 July 2016

Examination period(s)

Autumn semester: 4 – 29 January 2016
Spring semester: 24 may – 26 June 2016

If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?

This should be arranged for at departmental level

Application deadline for each term

Autumn semester + full year : 1 May , 2015
Application deadline for Spring semester: 1 November, 2015

Attention! There is only 1 deadline for Economics/Business = 1 May , 2015

Application website.

After nomination by the home university each student will receive a link to the application website (Mobility Online).

How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates?

no difference

Course registration deadline

Course selection: Students upload a preliminary study programme (cfr. ECTS  Learning agreement) in Mobility Online before the application deadline.

Course registration: After final approval student register their course selection in the student information system SisA of the University of Antwerp.  This can only be done upon arrival and after registration as an exchange student at the University of Antwerp.

Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

Upon Arrival

Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country?

Upon completion of the application documents and approval of the learning agreement the International office sends out an official invitation letter necessary to start up the visa procedure. Check visa procedure timely at Belgian diplomatic services.

Language Requirements

Dutch: The official language in Belgium/Flanders is Dutch. Hence, all  undergraduate programmes at UA are taught in Dutch. In order to attend the courses successfully, it is highly recommended that students  sign up for the intensive Dutch language course organised before the start of each semester. Professors often allow international students to take their examinations in English. Research and/or library work can be done in English (and French).

English:  Most faculties however organise a full programme or a selected number of courses in English to accommodate international students.

Language test certificate required?

English test certificate is compulsory for all non-native English speakers. (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge First, or from other language test centre – min.required level CEFR B2). Students studying in an English speaking country are exempt.

Preparatory language course for incoming students?

Yes- an intensive Dutch language course for exchange students is organised before the start of each semester

Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

The international (academic and administrative) coordinators available in each faculty/department support students with their course selection prior to and upon arrival. Contact data at

Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

Students should register for at least 20 and up to 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?

Yes - The International Housing office organises and intermediates. 

Housing options

Student accommodation is available in student halls or in privately-owned student rooms both in the neighbourhood of the university campuses. Information is available on both options.

Housing Website and Contact Person(s)

More information about Student Accommodation in Antwerp can be found on the website at

Further details can be requested to the Housing Office of the University of Antwerp,

Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

The application for housing is  included in the admission procedure of exchange students.
Students staying one semester in Antwerp complete the ‘Request for Accommodation’  in their workflow in Mobility Online.
Students staying a full academic year in Antwerp use the student housing database to find a room of their choice (updates available as from June) .

Is housing available between breaks in the term?


Is there a campus meal plan?


Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)

Living in Antwerp will cost you approximately min.900 euros per month and include rent, meals, books, transportation from/to the home town, local transportation, travelling. 


€ 350 - € 400


€ 300


€ 40

-Local Transportation

€ 25

-Health Insurance

Health insurance: free after registration for the residence permit


Personal/Miscellaneous: costs vary per person

Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?


Are health facilities available at the university?

The Office for Student Affairs assists in case of special needs concerning health and judicial problems.

Are internships available?


Are student jobs available/allowed?


Last updated

November 2014